Who are we?
Our organisation is a community of practice and values. Sustainability, solidarity, citizen participation, open and attentive discussion connect us. We share a strong interest in trans-disciplinarity and firmly believe in problem-based approaches.
Our members hold degrees in philosophy, economics, pedagogy, ecology and sociology. We are committed to connect critical cognition and citizen activism. We work as researchers, civil activists, local politician, academic lecturers, students and civil servant.
As a university researcher and lecturer the focus of my interest is the “well-being” of local communities and how it is shaped by unequal processes like local economic development and innovation policy. I believe that in resolving today’s problems various different forms of knowledge are equally relevant. As a researcher I feel responsible for the democratisation of science and knowledge. In my opinion today’s socio-economic system has to be radically revised, but during this process the ends do not justify the means. I believe in peaceful, bottom-up solutions.
I graduated in philosophy and environmental management engineering. I work on regional development issues and project generation and management. I expect CRS to fill a gap that has been part of my life in the past several years: I would like to be a member of a community based on shared values as a volunteer working with marginalized groups, and do so within the framework of social research.
I’m a research fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Szeged. As a matter of fact, I became an economist to understand why tons of wheat were poured into the sea during the economic depression around 1929, while millions of people were starving. I still haven’t managed to fully understand that. I think, CRS Association is important because it can reflect on such controversial social phenomena and take measures to solve them.
I’m a PhD student, an economist. Though the world is getting grim, I’m still enthusiastic about it. Because where there is darkness, there will be kindness as well. Where there is poverty there will be helpers too. And when something is hopeless, there should come some kind of transformation… I think we should stay true in every situation including the extremely constrained ones – meanwhile breaking their absurdity. Science can stay true only if it comes closer to reality, so for me life is a big research (of ourselves as well) and research is life itself.
I'm in my element, when I'm doing things together with others. The importance of being together is what I indented to express when designing the logo of our Association. Among the several civil initiatives in which I have participated, CRS is the closest to me, because both its form and its activities fit me. I'm the most active in connection with our website, which is a direct corollary of my bestowed qualification.
I have been a university lecturer for more than 20 years. As a PhD with biological and botanical background I am involved in conservation biology research. I am convinced that the relation of humans and nature must be re-considered. Participatory action research explicitly aims this and promotes the approach of sustainable use of nature instead of traditional „conservation”.
As a university researcher having a PhD in economics I am interested in ecological economics. Beside my academic interests I have been involved in social activism related to local development, sustainability and environmental justice issues for almost a decade. I am convinced that science should be used to contribute to the “common good” and social activism should be rooted in the meaningful understanding of the surrounding reality. Therefore, I find participatory action research (PAR) highly relevant, since it provides me an opportunity to effectively connect science and social activism as part of a larger group of committed citizens and researchers.
I am interested in the factors and techniques of problem-solving and decision making on a personal and organisational level. How do decision makers behave, what kind of routine or even strategic– choices do they make? I find these factors equally exciting to examine in various environments such as the domains of enterprise, management and entrepreneurship.
The different scientific theories I met during my studies of sociology and economy explain a lot of social, economic and political phenomena and problems. However, despite getting to know these theories I haven’t been able to let go of the thought that behind the deprieved, the deviant, the elite, the consumer or the underclass there are human lives and fates, all valuable on their own their own right. I think that as long as people living around us are regarded as criteria, functions, homogenous groups, science, besides potentially bringing us closer to the understanding of certain processes and dinamics, also separates us. To me, participatory action research has dissolved the contradiction in my field, which is extreme poverty and the world of segregation.
As a trained ecologist with a PhD in forest ecology, I been interested in trans-disciplinarity during my entire career. The need for the better understanding of the social context of ecological problems has always played an important role in my research and work. I envision a world where evidence-based academic knowledge is enriched with critical and continuous self-reflection of the researchers while aiming to serve the well-being of the (local) human communities and their natural environment.
Field research is the most exciting, and teamwork is the greatest gift in the life of a scientist. Both teaches modesty, attention and reflexion. The more diverse knowledge and the more different approaches meet in a research, the more we can live the magic of the world. To conduct research in a participatory manner with the attitude of action research in the intersection of biological and social diversity holds the possibility of the above experiences.